The National Audubon Society has conducted Christmas bird counts since the year 1900. Volunteers from throughout the Western Hemisphere go afield during one calendar day between December 14 and January 5 to record every bird species and individual bird encountered within a designated 15-mile diameter circle. These records now comprise an extensive ornithological database that enables monitoring of winter bird populations and the overall health of the environment.
Participants are typically assigned to teams based on their bird identification skills and endurance. Many counts hold a compilation dinner at the end of the day where results are tabulated and stories shared. There is no longer a participation fee. Help is needed on most of these counts, so find one or more of interest to you and contact the compiler for information.
by Walter Thurber
The Appleton-Whittell Christmas Bird Count (AZAW) held on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, was a great success! We had a total of 31 participants and our species total was 102 and the total for individual birds recorded was 4448. The 2016 numbers were 105 species and 2,726 individual birds recorded. Our next CBC is coming up on Wednesday January 3, 2018. If you would like to participate please email Suzanne Wilcox to get more information.